Working: People Talk about What They Do All Day and How They Feel about What They Do

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Perhaps Studs Terkel’s best-known book, Working is a compelling, fascinating look at jobs and the people who do them. Consisting of over one hundred interviews conducted with everyone from gravediggers to studio heads, this book provides a timeless snapshot of people’s feelings about their working lives, as well as a relevant and lasting look at how work fits into American life.

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Overview

Perhaps Studs Terkel’s best-known book, Working is a compelling, fascinating look at jobs and the people who do them. Consisting of over one hundred interviews conducted with everyone from gravediggers to studio heads, this book provides a timeless snapshot of people’s feelings about their working lives, as well as a relevant and lasting look at how work fits into American life.

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Editorial Reviews

Wall Street Journal
Remarkable . . . the range is enormous. . . . Work is the theme and we learn a lot about these trades. (The Wall Street Journal)
NY Times Book Review
An enormous amount of exciting material. . . . An incredible abundance of marvelous beings. . . . A very special electricity and emotional power. (The New York Times Book Review)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781565843424
  • Publisher: New Press, The
  • Publication date: 1/28/1997
  • Pages: 640
  • Sales rank: 231,655
  • Product dimensions: 5.44 (w) x 10.88 (h) x 1.57 (d)

Meet the Author

Studs Terkel

Studs Terkel (1912–2008) was an award-winning author and radio broadcaster. He is the author of Race: How Blacks and Whites Think and Feel About the American Obsession; Division Street: America, Coming of Age: Growing Up in the Twentieth Century; Talking to Myself: A Memoir of My Times; “The Good War”: An Oral History of World War II; Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do; The Studs Terkel Reader: My American Century; American Dreams: Lost and Found; The Studs Terkel Interviews: Film and Theater; Hard Times: An Oral History of the Great Depression; Will the Circle Be Unbroken?: Reflections on Death, Rebirth, and Hunger for a Faith; Giants of Jazz; Hope Dies Last: Keeping the Faith in Troubled Times; And They All Sang: Adventures of an Eclectic Disc Jockey; Touch and Go: A Memoir; P.S.: Further Thoughts from a Lifetime of Listening; and Studs Terkel’s Chicago, all published by The New Press. He was a member of the Academy of Arts and Letters and a recipient of a Presidential National Humanities Medal, the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, a George Polk Career Award, and the National Book Critics Circle 2003 Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award.
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    1. Also Known As:
      Louis "Studs" Terkel
    1. Date of Birth:
      May 16, 1912
    2. Place of Birth:
      New York, NY
    1. Date of Death:
      October 31, 2008
    2. Place of Death:
      Chicago, IL

Table of Contents

Introduction
Preface I: Who Built the Pyramids?
Preface II: Who Spread the News
Preface III: The Mason
Working the Land
Communications
A Pecking Order
Did You Ever Hear the One about the Farmer's Daughter?
The Commercial
Cleaning Up
Watching
The Demon Lover
Appearance
Counting
Footwork
Just a Housewife
The Quiet Life
Brokers
Bureaucracy
Organizer
The Sporting Life
In Charge
Ma and Pa Courage
Reflections on Idleness and Retirement
The Age of Charlie Blossom
Cradle to the Grave
The Quiz Kid and the Carpenter
In Search of a Calling
Second Chance
Fathers and Sons
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  • Posted October 16, 2011

    Highly Recommended

    Real people with real things to say. You'll gain an insight into what everyday people experience as they work and live. Couldn't put it down. Studs is Pulitzer material.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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